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Old May 9, 2011, 10:56 PM   #11
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You might try the Tamron F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO. My wife primarily uses it on my K10D that I passed along to her, but the lens just take very nice pictures. I picked it up used, like new, on ebay for under $300. I don't think they normally go for that price, but I was very patient and found one that the guy had not described well and nobody was bidding on it, so I snapped it up. For the money, I think it's about as good as you can get for a walk around lens. You can buy it brand new on Adorama for under $500.
Thanks for the information, this is good to know... and it is only recently that Finland now has e-bay. Thanks again.
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Old May 9, 2011, 10:57 PM   #12
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Beautiful lighting...I love reflections!

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Many thanks Jehan! Ned
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Old May 9, 2011, 10:58 PM   #13
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I've got the Pentax 12-24 and 16-45...12-24 is pricey but really good...16-45 no bad for the price..if you're looking for wide angles.
Seems like I use wide angle more often than not. Many thanks Les. Ned
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Old May 10, 2011, 2:18 AM   #14
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That's a lovely shot Ned !

The K7 is a great camera - the only problem I've ever had with it is high noise levels at over ISO 800 (and sometimes below) !

Another vote for the Tamron 17-50/2.8 - I doubt there is better value for money for a fixed aperture wide zoom out there. Superb IQ.
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Old May 10, 2011, 2:49 AM   #15
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That's a lovely shot Ned !

The K7 is a great camera - the only problem I've ever had with it is high noise levels at over ISO 800 (and sometimes below) !

Another vote for the Tamron 17-50/2.8 - I doubt there is better value for money for a fixed aperture wide zoom out there. Superb IQ.

Thanks for your kind comment. About the Tamron lens, bottom line, image quality -- how good is it... is there a real noticeable difference between this lens and my kit lens. I just want to get a lens that is the best at image quality. I take a lot of shots involving trees, etc, I just want a lens that will help depict the detail that exist in my photo subjects so I can capture them. Thanks.
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IMO (and that of many others) the Tamron comes close to rivaling the Pentax DA*16-50 but at 1/3 of the price. No WR of course but for many that's not an issue.

It is one of my most 3 or 4 used lenses (along with Sigma 50-150, Sigma 10-20, 43 Ltd and DA*300 - I really couldn't say which I use most unless I ran Photome through my Aperture library again) !
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IMO (and that of many others) the Tamron comes close to rivaling the Pentax DA*16-50 but at 1/3 of the price. No WR of course but for many that's not an issue.

It is one of my most 3 or 4 used lenses (along with Sigma 50-150, Sigma 10-20, 43 Ltd and DA*300 - I really couldn't say which I use most unless I ran Photome through my Aperture library again) !
Many kind thanks! Your photos, previous comments, etc on lenses are appreciated. All the best. Ned
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By the way, what do you think of these lenses???

Pentax smc PENTAX-FA 35mm F2.0 AL 291.5 euroa, Pentax SMC-DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited 699 €, Pentax SMC-DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited 523 €, Tamron Objektiivi SP AF 90mm F/2,8 Di MACRO 1:1 468

I am leaning toward the Tamron SP AF 90mm or the Pentax SMD-DA 70... would be nice to find these pups on e-bay, but most product sellers are from England... don't see many actually from Finland. The prices quoted here are for new lenses.

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Ned - Great to see one of your wonderful photos - it's been a while... Wonderful use of light as usual!

Can't help you much with the list of lenses you posted - have never owned or used any of these. But have heard some great things about the Tamron 90 macro - if you are looking into pursuing macro.

Will send you a PM about some other lenses you might find of interest...
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Beautiful shot, great reflections, you might try some old manual focus lenses, I have 2 that are very sharp, my SMC A 50mm 1.7 and my SMC M 135 3.5 for scenery they are not to hard to shoot but it is easy to get spoiled with the AF lenses. I got the 135 for $50 US and the 50 was off my ME Super that I bought new. here is a link for Pentax lens reviews with pricing http://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/ , the same site also has 3rd party lens reviews.

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